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article imageLuminato's Floaty Visual Art Leaves You Breathless

By Tea Lulic     Jun 3, 2007 in Entertainment
Spinning lights, black orbs, clothes hangers, buoys and massive horses suspended from the ceilings of Toronto buildings are just a few examples of visual art on display during Luminato, Toronto’s festival of arts and creativity.
Tea L. for Digital Journal – Besides the ROM Crystal, constant concerts and magnificent Pulse Front, artists on LuminaTO’s festival have found creative ways to represent their work. Some of the most iconic places in Toronto were transformed using captivating floating artwork.
Do not be fooled into thinking that floating artwork is easy to make. On the contrary, it takes a lot of time, precision and attention to detail, patience and creative ideas to represent what one pictured. Younger generations are taught to look at every piece of art as a metaphor for something deeper – “What do I see in this?” is the question that must pass through one’s mind at least once when looking at art. This magnificent art drives you to ask many different questions about symmetries, space and light.
The Floating Horses (QUADRIGA)
I use air to animate my work because it provides an effortless naturalism. It not only looks right, it feels right, recollecting our sensation of breath. Max Streicher
Suspended from the ceiling of the Union Station, four hand-sewn horse sculptures represent a traditional symbol of triumph. With great attention to detail, Max Streicher’s artwork adds majesty to an often not noticed building. The horses are made of vinyl (light weight material) and are about 20-25 feet in length. Looking at these giants one might get an overwhelming feeling. Max pays great attention to detail – even hoofs are indented - and symmetry – the horses are the same length and height. The monumental sculpture is supposed to represent travel, activity, and the history of transportation. Welcoming travelers and wowing the crowd, the four angelic horses fit perfectly within the Great Hall architecture.
(Max Streicher is a sculptor and installation artist from Toronto. Kinetic inflatable forms have captured Max’s life since 1991. He also completed several site-related projects, most recently in Venice, Siena, Stockholm and Erfurt.)
BCE place is filled with giant black orbs, part of Xavier Veilhan’s Le Grande Mobile installation. The orbs have been called a suspended floating landscape. Their black colour contrasts heavily with the canopy of white arches while five oversized orbs hang swiftly from the ceiling. The rest of the spheres are smaller and scattered around the five black giants. The display is fascinating, overwhelming and organic looking and definitively something worth visiting.
(Xavier Veilhan is one of the leading artists of the French contemporary art. His job is concentrated in the media including photography, sculpture, film, installation art and painting.)
Compared to the artwork mentioned above, which accents the space it occupies, the art in Dominion Centre is more subtle. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Homographies represent robotic fluorescent light fixtures which are controlled by computerized surveillance systems. As people pass underneath the structures, the lights spin in an unordinary fashion creating a wave like sound. Imagining what this art piece might represent is hard but with a bit of imagination (maybe even romance) everything is possible.
(Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City (1967). His works have been featured internationally in museums and at biennials.)
Connective Buoys (CANON ENIGMATICO A 108 VOICES)
Abraham Cruzvillegas’s Canon enigmatico a 108 voices represent an unusual combination of buoys attached together with strings and suspended from the ceiling. The air twists and turns them around. They are colourful (look like some sort of fruit), different shapes and sizes. Interestingly, all of these buoys put together represent a gigantic art piece. Canon enigmatico is a true example that artwork can arise from any kind of materials and/or objects.
(Abraham Cruzvillegas is a Mexican born writer and artist. He has been presented internationally at various biennials, including Venice and Sao Paolo.)
Sizzling Wire Hangers (UNTITLED)
Dan Steinhilber’s Untitled is formed out of more than 500 clothes hangers. Three floating shapes are propelled from the ceiling. Their shape reminds one of free, floating gigantic birds. The art tries to use the daylight and space to wake one’s imagination.
(Dan Steinhilber is an artist from Washington, D.C. He uses different resources for his art such as shampoo bottles, plastic forks and disposable dishes.)
The artwork created a welcoming atmosphere and filled the spaces of the monumental buildings in Toronto. It was wonderful to see how far one's imagination can go while looking at these pieces of art. Furthermore, it made me wonder how much time was put into developing, putting together and perfecting the Floating Artworks.
The Floating Artworks exhibition is something you do not want to miss out. If you’re in Toronto and passing by any of the above listed places drop by, take a look and enjoy a bit of art.
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